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"A View From The Bridge" examining tension and conflict within the play.

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The two scenes that I have chosen for my coursework, which I think are exciting and interesting are: 1) End of act one Pg 38-42 2) End of play Pg 59-64 In my essay on "A View From The Bridge" I will be examining tension and conflict within the play. Most of the tension and conflict arises from the fact that Marco and Rodolfo are illegal immigrants. During the 1930's immigration to the U.S.A was at an all time high. Over a million Sicilians had already moved to the U.S.A. and there were more moving over. Many Sicilians dreamed of a better life in America with a good paid job and enough money to support their family. They hoped of wealth and security that their home country could not guarantee. The reality of the situation was that when they arrived many of them were given jobs on the docks as dockworkers or longshoremen. The waterfront was populated by people who were poorly paid, exploited by their bosses and in many cases were only recent immigrants. The play is set in Red Hook, "the slum that faces the bay on the seaward side of Brooklyn Bridge...the gullet of New York". I have chosen the end of act one and the end of the play for scenes, which I think best explore tension and conflict in the play. ...read more.

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The inclusion of Eddie teaching Rodolfo to box definitely adds drama to the scene and it builds up a lot of tension between the characters. This is also exciting as the writer creates a very powerful scene showing how Eddie finally hits Rodolfo. For me one of the most dramatic parts of the play is after Eddie lands a punch on Rodolfo's face. You have the drama as Catherine rushes to Rodolfo's side, "(rushing to Rodolfo) Eddie!" Catherine shows her love and affection for Rodolfo as she rushes to him as if he is going to die. There is a sense of frustration and disappointment when she calls to Eddie. The scene is trying to show themes and issues such as family loyalty, which is a main factor throughout the play. Family is pivotal in the play as every issue raised has something to do with family. Family loyalty is essential for Eddie as he depends on the support of his family. In the second scene I have chosen, the characters involved are Eddie, Marco, Alfieri, Rodolfo, Catherine and Beatrice. In this scene we see Eddie demanding his respect from the people around him. Again we see Eddie getting frustrated because Beatrice want's to go to Catherine and Rodolfo's wedding, this signals the start of the collapse of their wedding. " I'll be back in about an hour, Eddie. ...read more.

Conclusion

Pride dictates the events of the play. The scene also shows the importance of loyalty as everyone around him deserts Eddie. " You won't have a friend in the world, Eddie!" Loyalty is something that Eddie doesn't have after he called the immigration officers but also something that he needs. Because he wasn't loyal everyone deserts him and leaves him on his own. And finally justice. This is another key issue brought up in the scene. The characters' need for justice leads to the climax of the play and Eddie Carbone's death. Marco's need for justice leads to him killing Eddie. I think Arthur Miller was successful in these two scenes in creating tension and excitement. It is through his use of stage directions and how he perceives tension that Miller creates an effective piece of drama. My essay shows how Arthur Miller created tension and excitement in the play and made it an effective piece of drama. I think Miller was successful in creating tension and excitement in the play because he uses lots of dialogue and stage directions to build up one's image of tension. The play is quite an effective piece of drama as it describes the reality of immigration in to the U.S.A during the 1930's. It purveys the history of Brooklyn and the slums, and shows the dispute of written laws of U.S.A versus the unwritten laws of Sicily. I enjoyed the play as I found it to be full of tension and drama. I thought the play described the reality of immigration in the 1930's very accurately. ...read more.

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